Sandy Short

short_over gordsArtist Sandy Short earned a degree in fine arts/graphic design from New Mexico State University. With a keen eye for a natural–and native canvas–she began collecting gourds from the desert. Sandy paints her unique Southwest designs on the gourds with vibrant watercolors and then varnishes them for luster and to preserve the woody fruit. Each gourd sits on a stand made from the wooden skeleton of the cholla cactus.

Sandy resides in her hometown, Las Cruces, New Mexico, where she has been a graphic artist and owned her own shop. Sandy travels extensively to fine-art shows and galleries. For her unique artwork, Sandy draws her inspiration from the enigmatic desert Southwest and the cowboys, Indians, and other cultures that live there.

The wild buffalo gourd grows on vines throughout the desert Southwest. Even before pottery was used, Native Americans cultivated gourds and used them as vessels for water and food storage. The pungent fruit and its vine is often a nuisance to farmers, since the plants often grow near ditches and are consumed by cattle.

Artist Sandy Short uses gourds to present her more than 500 designs–from chile ristras and desert animals to historic missions and colorful kachinas. She also has an extensive line of seasonal scenes, including a Southwestern Santa Claus, nativities, and Indian angels.

Among the most popular for the holidays are the Native American nativities and angels. The numerous cats, from cowboy felines to Santa tabbies, are also favorites. Contact Sandy to order yours now at 800-914-9436 or